I’ve wanted a bat house ever since I read that a single bat can eat 600 mosquitoes in an hour. This week my husband finally got a chance to build me one. If the thought of a mosquito-free summer has you wanting one too, here are the instructions:
How to Build a Bat House
Materials You’ll Need:
(1) 4 ft. x 4 ft. sheet of exterior-grade plywood (not pressure-treated)
(1) 1-inch x 2-inch x 8-foot furring strip
1-lb of 1-5/8 inch exterior-grade screws
(20-25) 1-1/4 inch exterior-grade screws
Measure and cut out all the pieces. For the front panel, you’ll need a piece of plywood that’s 19 inches x 28 inches. For the back panel, you’ll need a piece of plywood that’s 19 inches x 33 inches. For the roof panel, you’ll need a piece of plywood that’s 23 inches x 4-1/2 inches. For the mounts, you’ll need two 4 x 24 inch pieces of plywood. For the left and right spacers, you’ll need two 1-inch x 2-inch x 28-inch boards cut from the furring strip. For the top spacer, you’ll need a 1-inch x 2-inch x 15-1/2 inch board cut from the furring strip. For the back spacers, you’ll need four 1-inch x 2-inch x 6-inch boards cut from the furring strip.
Sandwich the left, right and top spacers between the front and back panel to create the sides of your bat house, and screw together.
Attach the back spacers to the mounts, and attach to the back of the bat house.
Attach the roof, and your bat house is ready for business!
To Install: Attach the back mounts to long posts, and position the front of the bat house, so that it’s facing south.